Principles of Good Practice for Assessing Student Learning
and Evaluation in Higher Education
- Sites designed for K-12 education, but useful
as models and adaptable for higher education performance
of American Colleges & Universities
Taxonomy of Educational Objectives
Learning Assessment Project (CLA)
- Standardized assessment of general education
skills & abilities.
- Reports emphasize institutional
- From the Council for Aid to
on the Future of Higher Education
Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
Testing Service (ETS)
ERIC (Education Resources
Assessment Definitions, from California State University, Long
Glossary, from Dartmouth College
Assessment Glossary, from the University of Nebraska at
Glossary of Terms, from California State University,
Assessment Terms, from Northern Illinois University.
Beyond Confusion: An Assessment Glossary, from Association of
American Colleges & Universities Peer Review.
- Dictionary of Student Outcome
Assessment. Searcheable. From James Madison University.
- Glossary of
Useful Terms, from the Massachussets Dept. of Education's
System for Adult Basic Education (SABES).
Local Lexicon of Assessment Terms, from California State
Learning Outcomes Assessment Glossary, from California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Outcomes Assessment Review and Report: Key Terms, from
Tidewater Community College.
Research Institute (HERI)
for enhancing student assessment
Assessment Governing Board
- Information about the National Assessment of
Educational Progress (NAEP). These are assessments of students in
grades 4, 8, and 12, not of college students. Relevant to
assessment in higher education as illustration of a current
national model for assessing student learning.
- The NCES site "The Nation's Report
Card" has details about and reports from NAEP assessments in
various subject areas.
- Other sites includes
information about the Third International Mathematics and Science
The National Center on
Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
- The web site includes summaries of NCTLA
- NCTLA is part of Penn State's Center for the
Study of Higher Education.
Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC)
- A project of the National Center for
Education Statistics (NCES).
- NPEC student
outcomes projects focus on assessment policy, methods,
coordination, and/or data use.
- pdf files of papers from some NPEC projects
on assessment are available.
National Survey of Student
- Nationally-normed survey of students'
exposure to good practices in undergraduate education.
- pdf demonstration versions of the
- Register your institution online for the next
- The Beginning College Survey of Student
Engagement (BCSSE) taps entering students' pre-college
experiences and their expectations for participating in the
educational practices that NSSE examines.
- Extensive list of links to information
assessment and electronic portfolios, from Helen Barrett
at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
- Report on computer- based
portfolio assessment project at Palomar College.
- Diagnostic Digital
Portfolio at Alverno
College. Enter and Demo are
restricted to Alverno students, faculty, & staff.
Günter Krumme in the University of Washington Geography
Department has posted information about learning portfolios at UW,
in the department, and at other institutions.
College web-based portfolio, including examples and links
to Internet resources.
- Development of the University of
Minnesota's ePortfolio system is described in
the 2003 Educause article Electronic
portfolios need standards to thrive (pdf file, requires
Adobe Reader 5.0 or better).
State University portfolio project: FAQ, portfolio
prompts, and portfolio guidelines for students and faculty.
- University of
Denver Portfolio Community. Guest registration allows
- Commercial products to manage on-line
- Chalk &
- TrueOutcomes offers
professional portfolios for individual students and course-related
juried portfolios for performance assessment. Performance
portfolios can be summarized for the unit, the course, or the
- Also see Helen Barrett's list of
commercial e-portfolio vendors.
- In the ASSESS
discussion-list archive, select May 2005 and scroll down to
Electronic Portfolio Software and Assessment, Renee Corbin's list
of e-portfolio products. Open the message and then click
[text/html] at the bottom of the page for a version with "live"
Qualitative Data Analysis Methods and
- In the ASSESS
discussion-list archive select September 2007 and scroll
down to the thread
Qualitative Data Analysis Question, initiated by Mitzi
Lewis. In October 2007, scroll down to the thread
Qualitative Data Analysis Question - Summary for
Mitzi's summary of responses and some more discussion.
Tools to Help Organize Assessment
Achievement database for assessment processes, rubrics,
results, and reports. Select
How eLumen Achievement Models the Essential
Process for annotated screen shots.
- openIGOR: A free Linux-based
open-source program to manage information about program outcomes
and assessment-related documents. From Coker College.
Also see assessment pages from participating
- California State: Sacramento
- Georgia State University
- Portland State University
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- University of Massachussetts Boston
What is "Good" Assessment? A Synthesis of Principles of Good
Practice (pdf file)
- Five dimensions of good assessment practice,
summarized from national organizations and assessment experts. With
references to and summaries of the sources.
- From Linda Suskie at MSA-CHE.
- From TLT
Group's Flashlight program, so it focuses on assessment
about technology -- but the general points apply to any assessment